recording of Andersonville Diary, Escape And List Of The Dead by John L. Ransom.
Read in English by David Wales
John L. Ransom was the quartermaster of Company A, 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry during the American Civil War and a Union prisoner in the infamous Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. This is his diary which he published some few years after the end of the Civil War. Note that in pages 193 through 301 are included 1) List of the Dead and 2) Recapitulation of Deaths By States; both of these sections are omitted from this Librivox reading. The Andersonville National Historic Site, located near Andersonville, Georgia, preserves the former Camp Sumter (also known as Andersonville Prison), a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the American Civil War…. The site is an iconic reminder of the horrors of Civil War prisons. It was commanded by Major Henry Wirz, who was tried and executed after the war for murder. It was overcrowded to four times its capacity, with inadequate water supply, reduction in food rations, and unsanitary conditions. Of the approximately 45,000 Union prisoners held at Camp Sumter during the war, nearly 13,000 men died. The chief causes of death were scurvy, diarrhea, and dysentery. Friends provided care, food, and moral support for others in their social network, which helped a prisoner survive. For the highlights of the trial of Henry Wirz see Librivox recording Henry Wirz, Commander of Andersonville Confederate Prison: Trial and Execution (Excerpt from Trial Of Henry Wirz)
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July 22, 2014
Excellently read diary of a civil war prisoner in...
Excellently read diary of a civil war prisoner in the brutal southern Andersonville prison camp.
But the northern prison camps for Confederate POW's were even far worse, and there there was no excuse, as the south could not even feed and clothe its own soldiers.
As always it is the victors that write the history books.
TO REDTURTLE: Read about the Point Lookout and Elmira prisons run by the U.S. government in the north.
Descendants of Point Lookout POW Organization:
July 20, 2014
I beg to differ that Union prisons were worse than Confederate prisons. While the victors may get to write the histories, contemporary events are more telling. One of the reasons that the Union government did not exchange prisoners (a source of much anguish in Andersonville) was that Confederate prisoners in Union prisons were in such good physical and mental condition that they could return to fighting and thus prolong the war.